Randy Edsall leaving for another job after taking Connecticut to a BCS game is a move that has plenty of precedent.
Edsall is the seventh coach to coach his team in a BCS game, then take another job for the following season, in the BCS Era (since 1998). Steve Spurrier was the first to do so, leaving Florida after the 2001 season to coach the Washington Redskins. The last, prior to Edsall, was June Jones, who left Hawaii for SMU after the 2007 season.
Some curious numbers for Maryland's case that Edsall is a better fit:
Edsall's career record at Connecticut was 74-70. Friedgen's at Maryland?
Edsall never won more than nine games at Connecticut. Friedgen did three times, and won nine games just this season.
It took Edsall five seasons in FBS to reach his first bowl game. Friedgen reached a bowl in his first year at Maryland.
None of the previous three Maryland coaches had head coaching experience at the FBS level.
But recent history is where Edsall becomes attractive to the Maryland program.
He's 33-19 in his last four seasons, with a pair of wins in four bowl appearances. In that same span, Maryland is 25-26, with one win in three bowl appearances.